The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online summer professional development opportunity designed to help teachers transform classroom teaching and e-learning with ThingLink, an easy-to-use interactive image and video platform.
This challenge invites teachers to learn to use interactive images to redefine learning in the classroom. Learn how to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation
during this self-paced professional development opportunity. Here are three reasons to participate.
Transform Teaching and Learning
ThingLink is a flexible classroom tool that has a tremendous amount of potential for transforming teaching and learning. With the click of a button, users can turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic that includes video, images, audio, and links to web content. Individual images can also be added to ThingLink Channels to create albums of interactive images. Teachers can create differentiated instructional resources, students can develop 21st Century Skills as they use ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas, and everyone can dig deeper into content that is available 24/7.
Just about anything is possible with ThingLink! Here are a few ideas.
Enrich student drawings, infographics and maps with rich media
Compose interactive, mobile friendly slideshows and “image books”
Cocument a field trip … and more!
Engage in Self-Paced Summer Learning Through Constructive Play
Summer is a time when teachers can enjoy a break from the highly scheduled daily routines of the school year. The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to fit nicely into any teacher’s summer lifestyle because the challenges are flexible and available 24/7.
Weekly challenges will be introduced through the ThingLink Blog. Teachers can visit the blog at anytime, from any location, and find all the resources necessary to complete the challenge. After that, participants can have a bit of fun engaging in constructive play to create interactive images to meet the challenge. Final products for sharing can be submitted at anytime through an easy form right on the blog. Participants can get inspired by the growing channel of interactive images submitted by other participants by revisiting the blog.
The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to support learning at all tech comfort levels and there are no rigid deadlines to interfere with your summer plans. So progress at your own pace and enjoy the freedom and time you need to experiment through constructive play.
Connect and Share with a Community of Learners to Build Your PLN
As use of technology in the classroom becomes more prevalent, it can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming to keep up if we are trying to do it all on our own. The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed around the idea that we are all learning together.
One of the of the goals of this professional development opportunity is to connect, collaborate and build on the ideas of others through the use of a personal learning network. The PLN will provide participants with support, motivate us to keep learning, and empower us with the confidence to try something new. The PLN will enable participants to grow professionally, share expertise and discover new and inspirational ways of teaching and learning.
Participate in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge
Discover the possibilities that exist when you take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer! Getting started is simple.
If you don’t have a ThingLink Teacher account sign up for one at www.thinglink.com/edu
Follow ThingLink_EDU on Twitter and stay tuned to the ThingLink Blog to learn about weekly challenges
Sign up through this simple form. There is a spot on the form to ask questions and make suggestions.
ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance
ThingLink Teacher Challenge starts on June 9th, 2014.
Weekly challenges will be posted on the ThingLink Blog and shared through ThingLinkEDU on Twitter. (Follow)
Challenges will be flexible to encourage participation at all tech comfort levels.
Participants can submit entries for any challenge throughout the contest, allowing everyone to progress at their own pace.
Submissions will be curated and featured weekly on the ThingLink Blog , ThingLink.com and social media channels.
Participants will be encouraged to share and comment on the work of others and make connections through social media. Please use ThingLink Touch button to like the work of your colleagues!
Please use hashtag #TLChallenge on Google+ Page, Facebook Page, Pinterest Board, Scoop.It
Participants will be encouraged to blog about the experience and/or repost in the hopes of gaining momentum as the contest goes.
Sponsorship Opportunities for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge
Perhaps the biggest rewards for participating in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge are intrinsic, but tangible prizes are certainly a special way to acknowledge teachers for hard word too. For this reason we are inviting sponsors to participate. If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring the ThingLink Challenge, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.